Submitted by Jennifer Murty

Back in either 1977 or 1978, we visited the farm field where Luray, Iowa once was.

It's in Marshall county, slightly back from the Lincoln highway (or old highway 30)--between Marshalltown and State Center.

It only consisted of 2 or 3 streets and a couple of alley-ways, from what I understand. Trains used to run thru there, carrying grain to the elevator that was there (from what I was told.)

It's just a field now---you can barely see where one of the roads used to be. It's a shame it's all plowed over now. I think it would be fun to go out there with metal detectors and see what kind of relics could be found.

I'm not sure when the town was abandoned---maybe back in the 30's or 40's.

Luray, Iowa 1907 Atlas Map

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LURAY, IA - So many questions could be asked about the life in Luray. Did everyone know each other. Who was the youngest resident and who was the oldest? How many children lived in this tiny town and where did they go to school? Was there any entertainment, maybe a bingo night?

Perhaps in some school records, state or county libraries there is history of Luray, Iowa.

Do you have any information about this town that once was? If you do, please share it with us here at Iowa Ghost Towns.

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